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The War of the Worlds (2005)

Unrated | | Sci-Fi, Action, Drama | Video 14 June 2005
In one of the most faithful adaptations of HG Wells' science fiction masterpiece, Martians launch a ruthless assault on an unsuspecting Victorian England, in an attempt to escape their dying planet.

Director:

Timothy Hines

Writers:

H.G. Wells (novel), Timothy Hines (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Piana Anthony Piana ... The Writer / The Brother
Jack Clay Jack Clay ... Ogilvy
James Lathrop ... The Artilleryman
Darlene Sellers ... Mrs. Elphinstone (as Darlene Renee Sellers)
John Kaufmann John Kaufmann ... The Curate
Susan Goforth ... The Wife
Jamie Lynn Sease Jamie Lynn Sease ... Miss Elphinstone
W. Bernard Bauman W. Bernard Bauman ... Henderson
Edwin Stone Edwin Stone ... The Potman
Tom Fouche Tom Fouche ... Newspaper Boy
Mark Wilt Mark Wilt ... Gregg the Butcher
Erik Barzdukas Erik Barzdukas ... Butcher's Son
E. Leonard Helland E. Leonard Helland ... Lord Hilton's Butler / Blind Preacher
Barbara Bauman Barbara Bauman ... Mary - Writer's Servant
Daniel Somerfield Daniel Somerfield ... Stent
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Storyline

At the end of the 19th century a large cylinder falls on the English countryside. A young writer is among those who witnesses the event. But soon the cylinder opens and a group of Martians appear. It soon becomes apparent the Martians intend to attack. The writer soon finds himself fighting for his own survival as the military fights to stop the Martians, society collapses, and as the human race fights to win the war of the worlds. Written by timdalton007

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We can't stop them See more »


Certificate:

Unrated

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Details

Official Sites:

Pendragon Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Boer War See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pendragon Pictures See more »
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The copyright notice, despite being wrong in conventional Roman numerals, is actually correct in a more obscure (and disused) version of the system. See more »

Goofs

The Writer looks through the observatory telescope with his closed eye. See more »

Crazy Credits

The Copyright date is given as "MMDCCLVIII", which is the year 2758. See more »

Alternate Versions

After even more re-cutting, there is now a third version available to the international, non-US market, under the title "Classic War of the Worlds". It is 125 minutes and has (slightly) retooled effects. See more »

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Version of The War of the Worlds: Next Century (1981) See more »

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A $20 million budget? Hmmm....
29 June 2005 | by SciFiSlySee all my reviews

Nu Image, UFO and others produce films for the SCI FI channel that come in with budgets of roughly $2 million. Some feature extensive effects work, others feature recognizable casts and still others feature both -- for $2 million.

Mr. Hines initially claimed that this film was budgeted at $20 million dollars but it's painfully obvious that this was probably produced for $750,000 if not considerably less than that. Few sets are utilized, a number of scenes are shot against green screen and most effects seem incomplete and amateurish.

It's painful to watch. Not so much because it is poorly directed, poorly executed and misguided but because many of us have been following the progress of this production for quite some time and had high hopes for this film despite its relatively modest budget.

Those of us who believed in this movie when it was originally announced have joined the legions of those spoken of by P.T. Barnum.


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